Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saracens' Eight-Try Euro Romp Is Message of Intent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saracens' Eight-Try Euro Romp Is Message of Intent

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Byline: Chris Jones

RICHARD WIGGLESWORTH today challenged his Saracens team-mates to replicate the brilliant form that destroyed Northampton for the second time this season, as they bid for a third successive European Champions Cup triumph.

Sarries scored eight tries in a 57-13 win which followed up their 55-24 victory over Northampton on the opening day of the Premiership season. This was an even better performance because it was the first time this season Sarries have maintained their relentless pursuit of points for the full 80 minutes. Eddie Jones, the England head coach, watched Wigglesworth and half-back partner Owen Farrell pull the tactical strings to create the kind of victory that will concern every other European team. This was Sarries operating at a new level and featured outstanding performances from Farrell and most notably two-try Liam Williams, who has replaced Chris Ashton following the wing's move to Toulon.

Sarries now take on Ospreys at home on Saturday at Allianz Park, with the Welsh side showing plenty of scoring power despite losing 26-21 against Clermont Auvergne yesterday.

Wigglesworth said: "That is the best we have played this season by a country mile and while it wasn't error free, attitude wise we had a 'next job' mentality when there were mistakes. "When we are like that there is a good feeling. We want to live up to that standard and I don't know if we are better than last season because that is the first time we have played well.

"We are in a ridiculously difficult pool and needed to get off to a good start. There was a real edge to training in the week because we have been really patchy this season both week to week and in games. In training we tried to make sure we are physical and into it for the entire 80 minutes.

"We have to make sure it is an 80-minute performance next weekend and that means setting a standard we are happy with. …

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